Posted by: tim ellis | October 9, 2005

Antarctica – Saturday 20th November, 2004

We apparently crossed the Antarctic convergence in the night (this turns out not to be true once you look at the map) and it is colder this morning, although still calm and misty. (Comparing our weather report (9C) with the reported snow & sleet at home maybe we are in the best place) There is an emergency drill for crew only this morning- it is a little odd to here the captain ordering the crew to the lifeboats while you sit in the (unmanned) bar/lounge.

At lunchtime the captain announces a competition as we head further south, a bottle of champagne for the first passenger to spot an iceberg – defined as a floating lump of ice bigger than the ship!

Although it seems to be brightening up before lunch we have quite heavy rain this afternoon – followed by a brief period of sun before the mist closes in again – so there is not so much to see today – although there is a royal albatross behind the ship at one stage.

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